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Saturday 27th May, 5.30pm - Arsenal v Chelsea

I'm looking forward to Saturday's FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea but the 5.30pm kick-off time doesn't sit right with me as some things should be sacred and the kick-off time of this Wembley showpiece is one of them!

Looking ahead to the game, I've got a funny feeling that Arsenal could cause an upset after suffering a few knocks of late, particularly with missing out on fourth place in the Premier League and there is obviously the uncertainty surrounding the position of Arsene Wenger, who can only be waiting to say that he is going to stay. The whole situation is farcical because if he was going to go then he would have told us months ago and he could then have enjoyed something of a swansong, so he will stay, albeit it might be in another capacity at the club.

For some, an FA Cup win would justify him staying on as manager and I do have a gut feeling that the Gunners might cause an upset, but I have to go with my head when actually betting on the match.

A bet has to be based on what we know and Chelsea have been the best team in the country this season. Antonio Conte's side are so tough to beat and I'll back Chelsea to win 2-1.

Saturday 27th May - 5.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Arsenal v Chelsea    
Tips Chelsea to win    Best Bet @ 5 / 6  
Chelsea to win 2-1 @ 8 / 1  

FA Cup Final Odds.

Sunday 28th May, 3.00pm - Blackpool v Exeter

Sunday's League Two Play-Off Final is going to struggle to live up the excitement of the semi-finals, with the four games producing 22 goals! I can't imagine that a pair of two-legged ties have ever produced more entertainment or drama, with Carlisle coming from behind before being pipped at the last by Exeter and Blackpool nicking it at the death against Luton.

Blackpool have obviously been through the mill in recent years but Gary Bowyer has done well to steady the ship since. 

As for Exeter, I think some fans were calling time on Paul Tisdale earlier on in the season as they were bottom of the table in November but they have enjoyed a remarkable turnaround since then.

I'm going to go for more goals in this one and let's go for a 3-2 Exeter win in what should be a really decent game to watch.

Sunday 28th May - 3.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Blackpool v Exeter    
Tips Exeter to win    Best Bet @ 8 / 5  
Exeter to win 3-2 @ 28 / 1  

Blackpool v Exeter Odds.

Monday 29th May, 3.00pm - Huddersfield v Reading

The Championship play-off semi-finals looked virtually impossible to call and so it proved, with Huddersfield and Reading edging through to the upcoming final on Bank Holiday Monday. It is very difficult to have a strong opinion on this match, which could well be decided by the bounce of the ball, a bit of luck or misfortune.

It has the potential to go the distance with extra-time but I'm going to go for Huddersfield to nick it 1-0 and secure their place in the Premier League for next season.

Monday 29th May - 3.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Huddersfield v Reading    
Tips Huddersfield to win    Best Bet @ 7 / 5  
Huddersfield to win 1-0 @ 13 / 2  

Huddersfield v Reading Odds.

Previous Steve Claridge Football Betting Tips

City and Liverpool to Wrap Up Champions League Qualification 19 May 2017
Chelsea To Secure The Title With Victory At West Bromwich Albion 11 May 2017
Arsenal To Edge Out Man Utd At The Emirates 04 May 2017
Spurs To Maintain Title Push With Victory In The North London Derby 27 Apr 2017
Spurs And Man City To Book Their Places In The FA Cup Final 20 Apr 2017

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